Why God created sex
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
A wise man once said that the world revolves around love and sex. Is this true? According to the Bible, God created the first man and woman. He brought them together and told them to become one and multiply. The Bible has a very discreet way of describing this physical union between a man and a woman: ‘the man knew the woman’. In the animal world we find that copulation usually only takes place when the female is on heat, ready to be fertilized. With human beings it is different. God gave sex not only to fill the earth, but to strengthen the marriage bond by enjoying each other physically. It is another of the marked differences between men and animals. (Evolution hasn’t furnished us with scientific evidence of the evolution of sex. God created it.)
God ‘created’ marriage as a figure of what to expect in future. After the destruction of the present world, and its renewal (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 21:1), the marriage that has been in preparation for such a long time, will take place. Jesus, the Son of God, will be the Bridegroom, and the Church (we as the individual saved people) will collectively be the Bride (Revelation 19:7-8). This is what the history of man has been about: gathering and preparing the Bride.
The message God is sending to us through the act of intimacy in marriage, is that He desires to be near His people in a very close relationship. This is shown by the events in the garden of Eden: God regularly came to visit Adam. Later, with the Israelites, He commanded them to build a tabernacle, so that He could be among them (Exodus 24:8). The tabernacle was later replaced by a permanent structure, the temple. Since the destruction of the temple, Jesus is living in the children of God through the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18). In giving us the act of marriage, God sends us the message: just as the man wants to be inside the woman, so He wants to be inside His people through the Holy Spirit.
We can now easily understand why the devil loves to pervert marriage. God’s design is one man for one woman united in love. A married man and woman glorify God by enjoying each other, because it points to the eternal marriage between Jesus and His Bride. Therefore God blesses the covenant of marriage. In the world free love, seduction, immorality, unfaithfulness and other perversions are actively promoted. The devil knows that immoral people will never inherit the kingdom of God (Revelation 21:8; 22:15; Galations 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9). This anti-God behavior is deliberately mocking God, saying that His design of an eternal marriage is not true.
In a marriage there is no place for a third party. ‘Love’s jealousy is as unyielding as the grave’ (Song of Songs 8:6b). ‘Jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is’ (Proverbs 6:34-35). God revealed Himself as a jealous God who says in the Ten Commandments ‘You shall not bow down to idols or worship them.’ In this way God demonstrates that He will not tolerate a third party in His children’s lives. We cannot serve two masters.
God created sex, the physical union between a man and his wife, to demonstrate His desire that the Holy Spirit live in His children and prepare them for the marriage of the Lamb.